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Visiting Bali

W Hotel Bali

W Hotel Bali
Address: Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali 80361 Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 738 106

The W Hotel Bali is one of the best resorts in Bali.

Opened in March 2011, the W Bali is located in Seminyak, one of the top beach resort areas on the island.

The W Hotel Bali features 158 rooms and suites, 79 villas with private pools, a large beach bar, restaurants, and an expansive spa.

The hotel's decor is in keeping with Balinese design and tradition, with great use of open spaces, local materials, and a relaxing atmosphere.

As with all W hotels, the W Bali features the signature "Whatever, Whenever" element, and high standards of service.

Rooms at the W Hotel Bali start around US$330 per night. If you plan to redeem Starpoints, it is a Category 6 hotel (20,000 to 25,000 points for a free hotel stay for a night).

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Visiting Myanmar

Best Time of Year to Visit Myanmar

The best time of year to visit Myanmar is during the cool season.

There are three seasons in Myanmar: the hot season, the Monsoon season, and the cool season.

The hot season in Myanmar lasts from early March to late May, the Monsoon season in Myanmar runs from the late May to mid October, and the cool season in Myanmar runs from late October to late February.

The best time to visit Myanmar is the cool season, as temperatures can climb very high in the hot season and the rains can interrupt sightseeing in Myanmar's Monsoon season.

In the cool season, temperatures in Yangon hover around 17 degrees Celsius.

Mandalay and Bagan can be visited in the Monsoon season, as those parts of Myanmar only get light showers.

Yangon gets much more rain during the Monsoon season in Myanmar, and therefore the best time of year to visit Yangon is the cool season.

The best time of year to visit Myanmar's northern region is during the hot season, as it remains cooler there throughout the year.

During the cool season, the northern region averages a temperature of 0 degrees Celsius.

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Visiting Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing Map

Below is an interactive Ho Chi Minh City sightseeing map.

The map shows the highlights of the city, all of which are great places to go when visiting Vietnam.

You can click on the blue teardrops to find more information about each museum, monument, market, cultural destination, or other site of interest on the Ho Chi Min City sightseeing map.

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Visiting Japan

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo

Sushi for Breakfast at Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo is the largest and most famous fish market in the world.

The Tsukiji Fish Market is well worth the visit, not to mention the 5am starting time.

Make sure to get there on time if you want to see the fish auctions (frozen fish auctions at the Tsukiji Fish Market are open to visitors).

Once you've had your fill of the auctions, wander through the endless rows of fish and shellfish in the Tsukiji Fish Market itself.

The Tsukiji Fish Market has some of the best and freshest sushi in the world.

Make sure to stop by the rows of restaurants near the back to eat your fill of great fish.

The popular restaurants fill up quickly so make sure to get there before 6:15am if you don't want to wait in endless queues.

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Visiting Hong Kong

Hong Kong Zoo

Hong Kong Zoo
Address: Albany Road, Central, Hong Kong

Located on the north side of Hong Kong's Victoria Peak, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (HKZBG) is more commonly known as the Hong Kong Zoo.

The Hong Kong Zoo is around 150 years old and is home to large populations of birds, mammals, and reptiles.

Hong Kong Zoo Opening Hours

Hong Kong Zoo Fountain Terrace Garden Opening Hours: 6:00am - 10:00pm

Hong Kong Zoo Green House Opening Hours: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Hong Kong Zoo Other Areas Opening Hours: 6:00am - 7:00pm

Hong Kong Zoo Admission

Hong Kong Zoo admission is free.

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Visiting Mongolia

Mongol Rally 2012

Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

Mongol Rally 2012 Dates: UK: 14 July 2012; Czech Republic: 16 July 2012

The Mongol Rally is a 10,000 mile road race that covers a third of the surface of the Earth.

Teams of drivers pile into tiny cars or motorcycles to drive across countries, over mountain ranges, and through deserts from Europe to Asia.

Starting in Goodwood, England or the Czech Republic, Mongol Rally teams take whatever route they choose to get to Mongolia.

The rally takes around 4 to 6 weeks to complete. At the finish line there are events and parties for those that make it.

Each Mongol Rally team must pay an entry fee of 714 GBP and raise a minimum of 1,000 GBP for charity in order to participate.

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Visiting Sri Lanka

Trains from Colombo to Kandy

Trains Colombo Kandy
Colombo Train Station

Trains from Colombo to Kandy are a great way to get between two of Sri Lanka's best cities.

Trains leave from Colombo Fort train station in central Colombo and arrive at the Kandy railway station in central Sri Lanka. There are hourly departures at peak times.

The total journey time on trains from Colombo to Kandy is just 2h32m to 3h18m if there are no delays en route.

There are three classes of seats on trains to Kandy: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class. 1st class offers a great observation car, in which passengers sit backwards to watch the scenery out the windows. This car gets booked up weeks in advance in peak season, so make sure to book ahead.

Train tickets can be bought at Colombo Fort train station, and are necessary to enter the platforms. Trains on this route can be very crowded, so make sure to arrive at the train station early to get a seat on the train.

Tickets for trains from Colombo to Kandy cost 105 rupees for 3rd class, 190 for 2nd, and 340 rupees for 1st class.

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Visiting India

Trains from Delhi to Varanasi


Trains from Delhi to Varanasi, India depart regularly throughout the day from New Delhi train station and arrive at Varanasi Jn train station.

Train tickets from Delhi to Varanasi vary in cost based on what class you travel. A First Class A/C ticket starts around Rs. 1,900.

The best trains to take from Delhi to Varanasi are the ones with the fewest stops (and therefore the shortest journey times). While some trains from Delhi to Varanasi take 12h15m, others can take as long as 16h20m.

Trains from Delhi to Varanasi include, but are not limited to:

Shramjevi N Exp (2392) Dep: 13:15 Arr: 2:30 Time: 13h 15m
Kashi V Express (4258) Dep: 13:30 Arr: 5:50 Time: 16h 20m
Poorva Express (2382) Dep: 16:20 Arr: 5:20 Time: 13h 0m
Shiv Ganga Exp (2560) Dep: 18:30 Arr: 7:30 Time: 13h 0m
Swatantrta S Ex (2562) Dep: 20:35 Arr: 8:50 Time: 12h 15m

Note that some trains have different hours for summer and winter, and schedules are subject to change. Make sure to confirm times before you purchase your tickets.

It is best to arrange a hotel pick up from the train station in Varanasi, as tuk-tuk drivers often try to take you to other hotels or tell you that your hotel has shut down.
See the India Train Guide for more information and tips on train travel in India.

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Visiting China

China Currency

China currency is called the renminbi.

The renminbi is measured in yuan, which is what the currency is usually called (this is similar to the British sterling, which is usually called the pound).

One yuan is divided into 10 jiao. 1 jiao is then divided into 10 fen.

China currency comes in notes and coins. Notes are denominated in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 yuan.

Coins are denominated in 0.1, 0.5, and 1 yuan.

China currency is only used in mainland China, and is not used in Hong Kong or Macau.

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Visiting Thailand

The Eugenia Hotel in Bangkok Review

The Eugenia Hotel, Bangkok
Address: 267, Soi Sukhumvit 31, North Klongtan, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand 10110
Phone:+66 2 259 9011 7

The Eugenia is one of the most unique boutique hotels in Bangkok.

Located in Bangkok's beautiful Sukhumvit neighborhood, the Eugenia is ideally located in a desirable part of the city. It is close to great restaurants, shopping, and sightseeing opportunities in the Thai capital.

The Eugenia's motto, "It's not a hotel, it's a home!," is a fitting description of the understated accommodation. Staying there feels less like staying in a hotel than it does like being a guest in someone's house.

The Eugenia hotel has only a small number of rooms, each of which is furnished with antique furniture and beautiful white linens.?Downstairs is a small restaurant, a sumptuous library, and an outdoor patio with a swimming pool.

Rooms at The Eugenia start at?6,118 THB?per night, exclusive of 7% VAT and a 10% service charge. Discounts and special rates are available if you book online.

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